Michelle Wie birdied her last two holes Friday at Pinehurst No. 2 to shoot a 2-under 68 and take a three-shot lead into the final two rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open. (Reuters)
PINEHURST, N.C. — Michelle Wie put together a 68 for the second day in a row and that catapulted her into the second-round lead in the U.S. Women’s Open on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2.
Wie, at 4-under 136, holds a three-shot lead on Lexi Thompson, who made a late-day charge to 1-under after matching Wie’s 68.
Wie is halfway to winning her first major. The 24-year-old has seven top-10 finishes in tournaments this year.
First-round leader Stacy Lewis, amateur Minjee Lee of Australia and Amy Yang of South Korea are at even-par through two rounds. Lewis slumped to a 3-over 73 in the second round.
Wie’s latest 68 came without much drama as she put together a steady round. Starting on the 10th hole, she didn’t have a bogey until reaching the par-4 first hole and she closed the round with back-to-back birdies.
Her 15-foot putt for par on the second hole and a 24-footer on the sixth hole allowed her to escape trouble.
Thompson wrapped up her second round on the front side and it was a good stretch. She had birdies on three consecutive holes (Nos. 3-5).
Wie completed her round before afternoon rains. Only three golfers who began in the morning recorded a score under par, with Yang and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew joining Wie. Yang and Matthew had 69s.
Lewis, who had the only bogey-free round in the entire tournament Thursday, started with a bogey on the first hole. She had an erratic opening stretch, with only two pars across her first eight holes while playing the front nine in 2-over.
Lewis pulled it together later, playing the last five holes in 1-under.
Japan’s Sakura Yokomine also had 68 on Friday to put her into a seventh-place tie at 2-over.
Among those to miss the cut at 9-over was 11-year-old Lucy Li, who shot an 8-0ver 78 on Friday and finished the tournament in a tie for 121st place at 16-over.